Emergency Management: A Reference Handbook

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Directory of Organizations

Emergency management is a relatively new profession. With the transition of any discipline from an activity or function into a profession in its own right, the creation of a literature base must necessarily occur. In the previous chapter, a very small sample of contributions to the growing literature and theory base was highlighted. However, another feature of emerging professions is the growth of associations and other organizations associated with the profession.

In this chapter, readers are provided a glimpse of some of the many organizations, associations, and government agencies that have come to be significantly involved in emergency management and disaster response activities. The list of organizations presented in this chapter serves two purposes. The first purpose is to allow the reader to come away convinced that the discipline of emergency management exists on a broad playing field. Indeed, many organizations spend considerable time thinking about emergency management practices and responding to emergency management events. Further, not all organizations concerned with emergency management and disaster response are government entities. This chapter, by virtue of presenting emergency management organizations, likewise presents the wide range of approaches to managing the consequences of disasters in the United States (and elsewhere in the world).

The second purpose of this chapter is to provide readers with a large number of potential sources of information. Each of the organizations, associations, and agencies presented in the following pages are introduced with their contact information, including Web pages. By exploring the Web sites of these organizations, or by contacting them directly, one can glean almost overwhelming

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - Background and History 1
  • 2 - Problems, Controversies, and Solutions 33
  • 3 - Worldwide Perspective 73
  • 4 - Chronology 105
  • 5 - Biographical Sketches 129
  • 6 - Data and Documents 155
  • 7 - Directory of Organizations 199
  • 8 - Resources 237
  • Glossary 267
  • Index 277
  • About the Author 293
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